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Trump sending Air Force One to bring Bush casket to Washington

AFP  |  Washington 

announced Saturday he would send his presidential aircraft to bring the casket of his late predecessor from to Washington, where he will lie in state this week.

Trump said that after flying him home from the summit in Argentina, 747 plane would travel on to -- part of what he called "a special tribute that (Bush) deserves very much".

"will be taking myself and a lot of our people back to Washington," Trump said.

"It will then be reset and it will be sent to to pick up the casket of Bush."

Bush, who died Friday in at the age of 94, is to be honored with a state funeral in Washington's twin-spired National Cathedral, with and his wife to attend, the has confirmed.

The late will first lie in state in the Rotunda of the US Capitol for two days of public viewing beginning Monday evening, congressional leaders said.

A first solemn ceremony is scheduled for 5 pm (2200 GMT) Monday, when a military escort brings in the casket bearing the body of the former president.

The public will be allowed to pay its respects from Monday at 7:30 pm until Wednesday at 7:00 am, according to a statement from congressional leaders -- the top two Republicans and top two Democrats.

A detailed schedule for the week's services and commemorations is expected later Saturday.

Dozens of world leaders and American dignitaries are expected at the for what will be the fourth state funeral there of a president (following those of Dwight Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan).

The cathedral has also hosted seven presidential memorial services, according to its website.

A statement from a joint military task force supporting events around the state funeral promised a "first-class tribute," complete with musical units, color guards, honor cordons and body bearers.

The casket will then be flown back to College Station, for Bush's burial.

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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 06:45 IST